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Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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Danielle is disgusted by the way mainstream hip-hop disrespects women, and argues that it damages the entire black community. (full text)
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Mayra is skeptical about participating in music therapy, but the program helps her express her feelings. (full text)
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Music has helped Otis survive tough times. Each phase of life brings a new favorite band, and a different group of people to connect with. (full text)
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Isma is a religious Muslim who reads the Qur’an and prays daily. She also loves punk rock. (full text)
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Jonathan keeps his opera singing a secret from his friends, for fear he won’t be thought of as “manly.” (full text)
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When Eunisah explores misogyny as part of a journalism assignment, she discovers that the songs she used to "bob my head to and sing along" were rife with lyrics demeaning women. (full text)
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Although Austin was told he had the potential to be a professional pianist, he quit because his teacher was too strict. Playing felt more like work than fun. (full text)
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Emily describes how she feels and what she observes on her first night performing in a choral concert. (full text)
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Desmin doesn’t just look like Tupac Shakur; they both grew up in Harlem with single mothers who struggled with crack addiction. Both also used writing to inspire readers to “do better in life.” (full text)
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Tory loves Prince's latest video and CD. (full text)
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Tory disagrees with 99% of the trash talk she hears about Prince and sets out to defend him, while revealing how she first came to love him. (full text)

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